Antarctica

A world very few have ever experienced. Those who come aboard our Antarctica cruises get to explore one of the last true untouched wildernesses on the planet.

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Cruises to Antarctica

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
Up to $4150 discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

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A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

Cruise date:

27 Nov - 7 Dec, 2016

Price:

$12800 $8650 $4150 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)
Up to $7950 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)

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Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017

Price:

$27900 $19950 $7950 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)
Up to $5750 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)

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Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

13 Jan - 14 Feb, 2017

Price:

$25700 $19950 $5750 discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Up to $2450 discount
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

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A 20-day cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

Cruise date:

30 Oct - 18 Nov, 2016

Price:

on request $2450 discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Up to $1050 discount
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

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This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

16 Dec, 2016 - 3 Jan, 2017

Price:

$13200 $12150 $1050 discount

Antarctica cruise video

Antarctica story

Kayaking the Waters of Antarctica

The weather changes so dramatically down here that you simply cannot say, "this looks like a great day" if it is one - rather you must live in...

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Want a Sneak Preview of Your Antarctica Cruise?

You’ll have to put some effort into taking a bad picture of Antarctica. The landscapes offer starkly beautiful vistas in every direction.

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Antarctica experiences

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Antarctica wildlife

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 23 votes

Julio Joglar
Amazing Experience!!
by Julio Joglar on Antarctica

Amazing trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world. The M/V Ortelius is a great vessel and it is perfect for this type of trips. The entire time aboard I felt safe and not once I lost confidence on...

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Luciana Storchi
Aronne spitsbergen
by Luciana Storchi on Antarctica

Viaggio bellissimo. Itinerario splendido. Nave confortevole. Capitano straordinario. Staff per niente disponibile ad aiutare partecipanti di lingua italiana o francese che, pur parlano un inglese un po' stentato....

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Marie-Jose Godby
An Amazing Adventure
by Marie-Jose Godby on Antarctica

I have returned from this trip hungry to read all about the early Polar explorers thanks to two riveting talks by Henryk. I am looking to go to the Antarctic too as I have been wowed and inspired by the sights,...

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Manisha KOTECHA

A dream nurtured for 13 years finally came true and I visited Antarctica. The crew of the Plancius ensured that out expedition surpassed all expectations - from the briefings, information, help and totally commitment...

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Nicole Versteeg
Wonderful and very special
by Nicole Versteeg on Antarctica

What a great trip! Warm people, fantastic ship, beautiful animals, great weather, wonderful nature, very friendly crew/staff .... This was a very special experience. Plenty of time to do whatever you want, take...

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Valmar Kurol
Peter I island
by Valmar Kurol on Antarctica

A fantastic place to be on a clear day. One of the highlights of the Ross Sea trip, if the weather allows.

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...

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What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 

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Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 

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What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...

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What is the Antarctic landscape like?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...

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What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...

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About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Antarctica is a collection of extremes – on average it is the windiest, driest, coldest, and highest elevated of all the continents. Only about 200 mm of precipitation falls along the coastline each year, with the inland areas being even drier. Despite the harsh nature of the continent, Antarctic cruise voyagers are treated to some spectacular scenery. It’s a land of dark rugged rocky peaks contrasting with the white snow and the passing of bright icebergs across dark waters.


Our Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts (where you’ll be while on one of our Antarctic cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day. Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic. 

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 60 metres.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way down to -89.2°C. That is cold enough to shatter steel.

  • Despite the cold the biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 tonne school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis.



Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Take a Zodiac ride amongst the blue and white icebergs that tower above the water, kayak alongside curious whales, pay respects to a curious penguin, dive into a new world under water, camp under the Polar sky, or climb to a rugged vista for an amazing view. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Antarctica on the dedicated Antarctica cruise page.